Featuring over 150 works, Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals explores Frink's enduring preoccupation with human and animal forms and the symbiotic relationship between them.
Elisabeth Frink photographed by Edward Pool, c.1964-5 © Frink Estate and Archive; Dorset History Centre
Elisabeth Frink photographed by Edward Pool, c.1964-5
© Frink Estate and Archive; Dorset History Centre
Re-positioning Elizabeth Frink (1930-93) as as one of the most important British sculptors of the second half of the twentieth century, Humans and Other Animals offers new perspectives on the themes found in her work.
The show will demonstrate how she was influenced by the cultural and political atmosphere of her times, addressing issues such as World War II, the Cold War and the space race.
From her radical and bohemian beginnings in 1950s London, the exhibition tracks Frink's work throughout the four decades of her career. It takes in her early expressionist bird-forms that operate as avatars for feelings of panic, tension and aggression; her famous Birdman and Running Man sculptures; and her later Goggle Head and Tribute Head sculptures that represent man as both aggressor and victim.
The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Elisabeth Frink Estate, and will place her work alongside contemporary artists and modern masters such as Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso and Louise Bourgeois.
The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £5,000 towards this exhibition.
Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals opens at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on 13 October 2018 and continues until 24 February 2019. Entrance is £13/£12 concessions. For more information see scva.ac.uk.